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Education and Library Resources

The Education Support Team provides educational resources and information to help you on your spiritual journey

Please browse the library (at the rear of the church, to the right as you come in)
If you would like to borrow anything, please write the details in the borrowing book, or see Dita or Glenda.

Please ask us if you would like more details on study materials or courses.

There is a Children's Library section along the wall opposite the main library, a gift in memory of Beryl Farrell

Library Resources:

Recent Acquisitions

The Secret Message of Jesus
 

By Brian D McLaren
Uncovering the truth that could change everything. Could it be that the church has misunderstood or, in some cases, intenionally distorted Jesus’ core message?

What if Jesus was right — but right in different ways than we ever realized? What if many of us have carried on a religion that somewhere along the way missed rich and radical treasures hidden in the essential message of Jesus of Nazareth? If the answers overturn our conventional ideas, priorities and practices — what then? !


Reaching out for the Invisible God
 

By Philip Yancey
What can we expect to find?
How do I relate to a God who is invisible when I’m never quite sure he’s there?
Is God playing games?
What can we count on this God for ? How can we know?
How can we know God?.......
Philip Yancey explores six foundational areas:
• our thirst for God,
• faith during times when God seem unavailable,
• the nature of God himself,
• our personal relationship with God,
• stages along the way,
• and the end goal of spiritual transformation.

Doctor Number 49
 

By Grace Warren of the Leprosy Mission. By Grace Warren and Lesley Hicks
This Autobiography of Grace Warren who has brought hope and healing to thousands worldwide , saving feet and hands and transforming the lives of those suffering with diabetes and leprosy with inventive surgical skills, and her faith, her preparedness to obey God and following his leading.

Grace Warren is an Australlian retired and living in Sydney, always eager to share her surgical skills with younger surgeons, who want to learn to do these operations for the benefit of the patients and the benefit of patients in the future.

Rumours of another world
 

By Philip Yancey
What on earth are we missing? This book is for those who live in the borderlands of belief In regions of conflict, such as the Korean peninsula, armies on both sides patrol their respective borders, leaving a disputed territory in-between as a buffer zone, a no-man’s-land belonging to neither side.

In matters of faith, many people occupy the borderlands. So, give Christians a wide berth yet still linger in the borderlands. So what of the big questions of life — career change, the birth of a child , the death of a loved one — what are the answers to these? Is there a God? A life after death? Is religious faith a crutch or a path to something authentic?

How would you explain your faith to an atheist or a Muslim? What would you say? Will you continue to live the rest of your life in the same way or are you prepared to challenge yourself to “where to next” ?

Yarta Wandatha
 

By Denise Champion, with Rosemary Dewerse
In this book you will discover wisdom that is thousands of years old, wisdom that is full of God, wisdom that speaks to us today. Your guide and teacher is Adnyamathanha woman Denise Champion, a story-teller with faith as deep as the sacred waterholes of her people and as wide as the land that is Australia today. Denise Champion is Adnyamathanha. A mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunty, she works as a state development and outreach worker for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and as a pastor for the Uniting Church in South Australia

Being Gay, Being Christian - You can be both
 

By Dr Stuart Edser
Is it possible to be both gay and Christian? This book explains, calmly and logically, that the two are not mutually exclusive. With the support of some of the finest scientific and theological minds, Dr Stuart Edser presents a compelling case for tolerance and acceptance, rejecting the traditional Christian view that gay people are either sick or sinful as a result of their sexual orienta-tion. While shrill voices of prejudiced fundamentalism are raised from all sides of the Christian church, he invites the reader to a new experience of God.

Being Gay, Being Christian is a call for reformation within the Christian church, an appeal to modernity in our approach to knowledge and a practical self-help book for people who are struggling with their sexuality, so they can find both self-esteem and a connection with God. It will be of particular interest to:
+ People confused about their sexuality
+ Young gay people
+ Gay people who go to church
+ Christian families and friends of gay people
+ Clergy and church workers


A country too far
 

Ed by Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott
In this landmark anthology, twenty-seven of Australia's finest writers have focused their intelligence and creativity on the theme of the dispossessed, bringing a whole new perspective of depth and truthfulness to what has become a fraught, distorted war of words.

This anthology confirms that the experience of seeking asylum – the journeys of escape from death, starvation, poverty or terror to an imagined paradise – is part of the Australian mindset and deeply embedded in our culture and personal histories.

A Country Too Far is a tour de force of stunning fiction, memoir, poetry and essays.


We are better than this
 

Ed. by Robyn Cadwallader
We Are Better Than This is a collection of essays and poetry addressing the Australian government's asylum seeker policy. The aims of the book are several: to provide some of the information about the situation in detention camps that is being withheld by the government; to correct some of the government's mis-representations of the current situation; to clarify some of the complex legal issues surrounding the right to seek asylum, and to give some insight into the plight of those who are seeking asylum.

It is hoped that this book will better inform people about the government's policies: to support those who are unsatisfied and seeking to change the situation, as well as those who are uncertain and need more easily accessible and reliable information. Contributors are drawn from several areas of expertise and engagement with asylum seekers.


The Undesirables
 

By Mark Isaacs
Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside the Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re-opened in 2012. He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to speak out.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair. Mark's eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.


Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead,
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
and
City of God: Faith in the Streets.

By Sara Miles
Raised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and writer. Then one morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. She ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed, embracing a faith she'd scorned and which would lead to feeding others in a way that she'd never imagined.

Sara started a food pantry giving away literally tons of food from around the same altar where she'd first received the body of Christ, and providing hundreds of hungry families with free groceries each week.

Sara serves as Director of Ministry at St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Her books include Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion and City of God: Faith in the Streets. All are available in Wesley’s library at the back of the church. Feel free to browse and borrow these or any of the other books on the shelves.


The Lost Message of Jesus

By Steve Chalke & Alan Mann.
How well do we really know Jesus and understand his message? Most of us are fairly confident we’ve got the essentials down, but what if they’re our essentials, not his?

In this profound book – at once disturbing, exciting, provocative and inspiring – Steve Chalke calls us to deep self-examination and a rediscovery of the nature of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Taking away our cultural lenses, Chalke lets us see Jesus through first-century eyes and reveals how far we’ve drifted from his revolutionary gospel. Encountering his teachings as the people of his time and culture did, newly minted and powerful, we discover at last the irresistible hope and transformation Jesus brought to the downtrodden, the lonely, the forgotten, the untouchable.

The Lost Message of Jesus points us back to the heart of God, freeing us to proclaim genuinely good news to a world that desperately longs to hear it.


Library Catalog:

There is a catalog of some of our books online

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More books

Through Painted Deserts: Light, God and Beauty on the Open Road

By Donald Miller.
This is a road-trip memoir about three months crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out-loud if there is more to life than nine-to-five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in. Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words – answers that have to be experienced to be believed.

As you read Through Painted Deserts you’ll soon realize this is not just one man’s account of finding light, God, and the beauty on the open road. Rather, this book maps the journey you’re already traveling . . . or soon will be.


Love over Hate - Finding Life by the Wayside

By Graham Long.
As pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney's Kings Cross, Reverend Graham Long has seen and heard it all. Part-memoir, part-philosophical journey, Love Over Hate is Graham's gift to humanity – a book about life's foibles and the joy of living.


Far from the Tree - Parents, children, and the search for identity

By Andrew Solomon.
Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are trans-gender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves?
This book explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance - all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.


Love Wins

By John Bell. In this book Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, "would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?" With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn't start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.


What we talk about when we talk about God

By John Bell. Continuing down the path of Love Wins Rob Bell helps us with the ultimate big-picture issue: How do we know God?

A book full of mystery, controversy, and reverence, What We Talk About When We Talk About God has fans and critics alike anxiously awaiting, and promises not to disappoint.


Choir Man

Harper Collins, by Jonathon Welch
Jonathon Welch took homeless people from the streets of Melbourne, helped them to overcome their shyness, mental problems and addictions to form a choir. They have performed in the Opera House and on national television.


The Last Week

HarperCollins, by Marcus Borg and John Crossan. Using Mark's gospel, the authors follow Jesus's last week, showing him protesting against power without justice. Jesus is presented as a moral hero, who invites us to follow him.


Stepping out with the Sacred

By Val Webb Continuum International Publishers. Following on Val's seminar in our church, catch up with her new book.

Darwin Divinity and the dance of the cosmos

Copperhouse publishers, by Bruce Sanguin. Introduces modern science and theology in cooperation.

The Promise of Paradox

Ave Maria Press, by Parker Palmer. Subtitled 'A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life '.

I shall not Hate

Random House Canada, by Izzeldin Abuelaish. The 'Gaza Doctor' had his house destroyed and three children killed by Israeli shells. He is calling on the people of the Middle East to talk to each other.

Christian Century

We have a subscription to this magazine. Its website at www.christiancentury.org describes its outlook as "generous orthodoxy". Copies are in the Library.

Putting away Childish Things, by Marcus J Borg

There is a review here.

Where have all the orchards gone, by Heather Watson

Hills District Historical Society, 2010

Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom

Sphere, London, 2009. There is a review here.

Bethlehem Besieged, by Mitri Raheb
 

Hands of Grace, Jesus: God's Symphony of Hope, by Geoff Bullock
 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer books

Life Together - Prayer Book of the Bible, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, and
The Cost of Discipleship, Collier Books (Macmillan), NY.

Group Study Resources:

Convergence - Where faith and life meet
Two-DVD study series led by Donald Miller

Breaking the Ice: learning to understand ourselves, others and God through conversation. With Phyllis Tickle.

Frustrations and False Gods: Living in a fallen world. With Dan Allender and Tremper Longman.

More DVDs
The Divine Conspiracy, 6-session DVD with Dallas Willard

Evil, group study DVD with Tom Wright


WALKING TOGETHER (Study Resource)
 

Exploring the Covenant between First and Second Peoples Study Resource DVD and Data CD Uniting Church in Australia Available for use for Wesley Life Teams and Study Groups

Graham Long's talks

On Sunday 27th May 2012 was recorded, and links to the audio can be found here.


Everything must Change

by Brian McLaren

Embracing an Adult Faith

by Marcus Borg on What it means to be Christian - 5-session DVD study

DreamThinkBeDo

DVD study


Web links:
Journey with Jesus
www.journeywithjesus.net
The site provides a weekly essay based on the lectionary

 
 
 

Updated 17th October 2017